Saluting Bosnian heroes and a history full of tragedy—and a present and future full of uncertainty.
Representatives of the city of Sarajevo, the surrounding region, and the nation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, I am happy to be here with you on this day dedicated to Bosnia’s Partisans, a day that is also the anniversary of the independance of Bosnia-Herzegovina. I am happy to be here at this moment in the region’s history when the legacy of the Partisans is once again being cast into doubt and the very existence of Bosnia-Herzegovina as a nation of free citizens seems problematic in some quarters.
China may have made huge strides recently, but its school system languishes as a relic that teaches children by rote and exists merely to make students willing tools of the state.
Tom Friedman, known among China watchers for his sunny editorials about the world’s second largest economy, recently published an article entitled “The Shanghia Secret,” in which he argues that the Chinese city has built high-performing schools through a deep commitment to basics such as teacher training, and parent involvement.Friedman is correct that the Chinese school system has its strengths—namely in knowledge based teaching such as math, science, and reading.
Meet Soundos, the 10-year-old child who survived being shot in the head during the Syrian civil war. Her story, and that of her whole community, is one of overcoming against all odds.
Two and a half years ago, on a spring afternoon in the Syrian town of Jasim, an eight-year-old girl named Soundos was shot in the head while sitting on her veranda. The bullet pierced her cranium, ricocheted off the back of her skull and lodged itself in the right temporal lobe, millimeters away from the cerebral cortex.Soundos now lives in Jordan’s sprawling Za’atri camp with a bullet lodged deep in her brain. Nobody knows if she was hit by a sniper or by random gunfire, but her family and other residents of Jasim regard her survival as both miraculous and symbolic of their own.
An ominous new bill in Japan, on its way to becoming law, would give the government expanded powers to classify nearly anything as a secret and intimidate the press into silence.
The best way to deal with foul smelling things is to put a lid over them (臭いものに蓋をする)--Japanese proverbThe Japanese government, which already has a long history of cover-ups and opaqueness, is on its way to becoming even less open and transparent after the lower house the Diet, Japan’s parliament, passed the Designated Secrets Bill on Tuesday. With new powers to classify nearly anything as a state secret and harsh punishments for leakers that can easily be used to intimidate whistleblowers and stifle press freedom, many in Japan worry that the if the bill becomes law it will be only the first step towards even more severe erosions of freedom in the country.
Amidst declining protests.
Despite protests in the tens of thousands that resulted in government buildings held hostage, Thailand’s parliament kept Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in power by a large margin (297-134). Police now count the protesters at 15,000, which is small compared to the multitudes last week. The protesters oppose Yingluck because she is the sister of Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister, who fled in 2008 before being convicted of abuse of power.
The WHO had to apologize for a report that claimed half of all new HIV patients in Greece contracted the virus on purpose to get state benefits—but the blunder obscures the real crisis.
In an unprecedented blunder, the World Health Organization has had to apologize after accidentally accusing half of new HIV patients in Greece of self-inflicting for the purpose of benefits fraud. Citing the Greek economic crisis and a payout of $1000 a month for HIV treatment, WHO charged that the reason the Greek HIV rates had increased so significantly was because people were desperate for government help and the HIV program remained one of the few that hadn’t been cut by the government.
The real losers in Honduras’s hotly-contested presidential election are ousted president Manuel Zelaya and the ghost of Hugo Chavez.
As presidential contests go, the top job in Honduras would hardly seem a prize. The country is the second poorest in the Western Hemisphere, trailing only Haiti, with two-thirds of the population living at the poverty line or below. Its fragile institutions and chronic political disarray have created the perfect petri dish for some of the nastiest drug lords in the world. Some 86 of every 100,000 Hondurans are murdered every year, according to the United Nations, making this land of 8.
Beijing is furious that two American bomber planes flew over disputed airspace this week—a show of solidarity with Japan. How far will the war of words escalate?
The United States confronted Chinese territorial aggression Tuesday by flying a pair of B-52 bombers directly through airspace Beijing had tried to impose control over at the weekend.China declared that foreign aircraft entering an area over the East China Sea without notifying their officials and maintaining radio contact would be subjected to "defensive emergency measures." The Pentagon disregarded the order and sent two huge planes to pass over a group of tiny uninhabited islands south-west of Japan.
A huge scandal is sweeping through Japan’s banking industry after revelations that major banks have been loaning money to yakuza and yakuza-backed businesses.
Japan’s mega banks are in mega yakuza trouble. What started as a small scandal at Mizuho Bank has now turned into a wildfire of revelations and speculations about Japan’s financial institutions conducting business with the Japanese mafia. The Financial Services Agency (FSA) is currently conducting an emergency inspection of Japan’s three largest lenders, including Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group looking for loans to the yakuza or other “anti-social forces.
In the chaos of civil war, Syria’s Kurds are managing to do the unthinkable—drive out foreign fighters, avoid provoking Assad and start establishing a pocket of stability.
Qamishli, SyriaIt is a rare sight in war-torn Syria—children clutching bags or wearing small backpacks, walking singly or in groups to still-intact schools for a day of classes.And yet, here in Qamishli and other towns and villages nearby, it is a common scene now that Kurdish militias have cleared the area of jihadists.In other northern and eastern provinces, warfare between rebels battling to oust President Bashar al-Assad and Syrian government forces has wreaked such massive destruction on the countryside, there are no schools or teachers available to hold classes.
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She is a true inspiration. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has released a video statement for the first time since being shot by the Taliban last October. 'God has given me this new life,' Malala says, and in return, she is launching the Malala Fund, created to help educate children all over the world.